Indiana Wesleyan University will host the 11th annual Gaither Songwriting Intensive June 17-20, 2021. The event invites attendees to delve into the art of songwriting and learn from award-winning Christian artist Gloria Gaither and other distinguished songwriters.

Registration is now open for this workshop which is geared toward those who are serious about delving into the craft of songwriting and want to learn from some of the most accomplished clinicians around. To register, visit

The outstanding roster of clinicians for this year’s Songwriting Intensive include:

  • Gloria Gaither – Award-winning Christian songwriter who has written more than 700 songs with her husband, Bill.
  • Becky Nordquist – Worship leader, songwriter, recording artist, speaker and author who brings an eclectic feel to worship and Christian Contemporary music through a blend of pop, gospel and folk.
  • Michael W. Smith – World renown multiple Grammy and Dove Award winning Songwriter and Performer.
  • Natalie Grant – Five-time Dove Award ‘Vocalist of the Year’ and respected songwriter.
  • Todd Syswerda – Professor of Music and head of the Songwriting major at IWU.

“Building relationships with various artists in the field of songwriting was, is, and will continue to be a hallmark of what this event is,” said Todd Syswerda, Professor of Music and head of the Songwriting program at IWU. “I truly believe that IWU’s reputation was not only strengthened but will spread to areas we have yet to reach as we had attendees from all over the world.”

IWU is very proud to partner with Gloria Gaither in curriculum development for the undergraduate songwriting degree program. As host for the Songwriting Intensive, students who are songwriting majors are able to volunteer and attend the majority of sessions.

For more information on the Songwriting Intensive, visit

For information on the bachelor of arts in music with an emphasis in songwriting degree program, visit

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